3.17.2020

Orange Julius Smoothie

This Orange Julius Smoothie is free of processed sugar and dairy. It’s 100% plant-based goodness that is even better than the mall original.

Orange Julius green smoothie recipe

We pay homage to the shopping mall classic with this Orange Julius Smoothie. We trade loads of sugar and dairy for a fruit-sweetened vegan version that will knock your socks off.

Raise your hand if you remember walking by the shopping mall food court and seeing people all lined up at Orange Julius? And who remembers recreating the creamy orange smoothie in 7th grade home ec?

Vitamix blender mixing an orange julius smoothie

Why Our Smoothie is WAY Better Than The Original

This Orange Julius Smoothie is free of processed sugar and dairy. It’s 100% plant-based goodness that is even better than the mall original. That sugary mall drink tasted great, but it was completely void of nutrition. I figure if you’re going to eat or drink something, you may as well pack as many vitamins and minerals into as you can.

Our healthy take on an Orange Julius Smoothie combines vitamin C-rich citrus with spinach which helps the body better absorb the iron from the spinach.

This smoothie also contains dietary fiber, which is important for both heart and digestive health, as well as essential B vitamins, vitamin K, potassium, calcium and magnesium, all of which also have heart health benefits.

Orange Julius Smoothie recipe using fresh oranges and bananas

Orange Julius Smoothie as a Meal Replacement

To make this smoothie into a meal replacement, I recommend adding a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder plus a serving of MCT oil. Not only will it make the smoothie more filling, the MCT oil is great for immediate and sustained energy.

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When the perfect time to drink a smoothie?

  • For breakfast – even on the go with a Mason jar, cute lid, and straw
  • As a nutrition-packed snack – step away from the vending machine!
  • Before or after a workout – add that protein after a workout and the MCT oil before to fuel your body during your workout
  • Anytime you need a refreshing, fruity drink that is loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals
Green smoothie makes an orange Julius smoothie way healthier.

Which smoothie would win in a Blend-Off: The Mall Original or our Healthy Orange Julius? Let us know in the comments!

Orange Julius green smoothie recipe

Orange Julius Smoothie

This refreshing Orange Julius Smoothie will leave you deeply satisfied. Feel free to add 1 tsp MCT oil and protein powder for an extra energy boost.
4.69 from 149 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Servings: 1
Calories: 191kcal
Author: Jen Hansard

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 oranges
  • 1/2 banana, frozen

Instructions

  • Place spinach, oranges and almond milk in blender. Puree until smooth.
  • Add banana and blend again.

Notes

  • Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.
  • Another non-dairy milk can be substituted for the almond milk, such as hemp, cashew or coconut milk.

Nutrition

Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 853mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 3440IU | Vitamin C: 153mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Lisa says:

    Doesn’t look anything like an Orange Julius, but sure does taste like one! I used one frozen orange and one was room temperature. The banana was also frozen. The smoothie was nice and cold. I’m very impressed with how refreshing it is.

  2. Cheryl B. says:

    Really like this one even though I used kefir instead of almond milk. I also only used one orange, but it was still flavorful. Added hemp hearts.

  3. Nancy says:

    I love how we can make adjustments to these recipes and still have a delicious smoothie! I left out the oranges to cut down on sugars. I know it defeats the purpose of an “Orange Juilius” smoothie, but I did not want to skip this recipe!

  4. Holly says:

    Super refreshing. Definitely reminiscent of my orange julius days. I boosted this one with a smoothie cube. One of my favorites…and so simple!

  5. Sushila Shah says:

    This orange julius is very refreshing. Use of fresh orange in smoothie had a very unique taste.

  6. Lynne says:

    Yummy! I love this one. I made with lemons and it tastes so good. I had run out of oranges and can’t wait to get more for this! It’s definitely a keeper for my smoothie recipes.

  7. Dr. Aja Holmes says:

    This on is a my fave. I can’t drink regualar orange juice but I can eat oranges. this one was refreshing and yummy!! I felt the vitamin C going in my body LOL

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      It’s like sunshine in a glass, right Dr. Aja?! Yum!

  8. gloria says:

    I love a good orange julius but I never thought to make it into a green smoothie. I added kale as my green and I did not regret it. I am a big kale fan.

  9. Dory says:

    It was very good. I substituted kale for spinach, as well as added some pineapple and collagen to it 🙂

  10. Nancy Lewellen says:

    Must be my oranges but wasn’t my favorite – will try again with next purchase of oranges.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Def give it another blend and let us know Nancy!

  11. Jennifer A says:

    Fruity and creamy! I added collagen.

  12. Cynthia says:

    I love this recipe! Smooth and creamy!!

  13. Joyce says:

    I really liked the flavor. The oranges were great in it. Will definitely make this one again.

  14. Patti Langford says:

    I totally enjoyed the oranges in the smoothie!

  15. Clareen says:

    I love the regular orange Julius you buy, but now I have a knock off to make at home that’s healthier!! Love the creaminess & with the added oranges & pulp I find it extra filling

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Yes Clareen! And we totally recommend taking it to go in a mason jar with a straw, so you can still stroll around the mall with it – just like the store-bought version. 🙂

  16. Sharon says:

    The combination is smooth and delicious. The milk reduces the acidity, too. Great for To-Go.

  17. Ruby says:

    Admittedly creamy citrus has never been my thing. I was pleasantly surprised. Next time would use water

  18. Linda E. says:

    This smoothie tasted good, but was very thick. my oranges were not real large. I probably should have used three oranges. I try to follow the recipes exact, since I am new to making smoothies. I am happy to be learning!!!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      The liquid from the oranges does make up part of the liquid in this smoothie recipe. So you’re def right, Linda. Larger or additional oranges will do the trick.

  19. Alyssa says:

    I loved my modified version of this recipe. Instead of almond milk, I soaked a few nuts overnight in some water and soaked the peeled oranges and the zest of one of the oranges in 1/4 of water, also overnight. In addition to the listed ingredients, I added a heaping tsp of matcha, 1 tsp of real vanilla extract. Then made it a breakfast smoothie by including 1/4 oats, 1 tbsp coconut oil, and a mixture of ground flaxseed and chia seeds. It did originally come out quite thick so I carefully added some extra water to thin it out. Overall a great smoothie that I would make again. Would just possibly start with a bit more water and reduce the amount of zest.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Such a fun modification, Alyssa! Love your creativity here.

  20. Michelle says:

    I really liked this one. So yummy! It was thicker than I expected, I’ll probably add some water next time but still really good.

  21. Betty says:

    Not my favorite. Too thick and not cold enough. I liked the suggestions of adding ice and adding vanilla. Might have been better.

  22. Janice says:

    Loved it!

  23. Dawn says:

    This was so Yummy and so simple!

  24. Michele says:

    This smoothie was very refreshing. I added a couple of ice cubes to make it colder, since I wasn’t using any frozen fruit.

  25. Grace says:

    This one turned out too thick for me. I added a bunch of water to thin to my liking, and ended up with triple the amount of smoothie. The extra water seemed to diminish the flavour. I think I’d like to try this with coconut water instead of (or in addition to) almond milk.

  26. Barbara says:

    Very good. Nice orange flavor.

  27. Jen says:

    This was super yummy! I hadn’t tried it before, but it will be on my favs list 🙂

  28. Dora Suarez says:

    Yummy. So creamy and delicious loving the mix of the citrus with almond milk.

  29. Jennifer A says:

    Delicious! I added some crushed ice to make it cold.

  30. Laura Jacobson says:

    I really like this one! The only issue that I had with the recipe was that there was not enough liquid, so I did add in more almond milk. Any suggestions on this?

    • Jennifer A says:

      1/4 cup almond milk isn’t much, but the 2 oranges should provide plenty of liquid. Maybe you had small oranges.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      You did exactly the right thing, Laura! Great instinct! Any time your smoothie seems too thick and bogged down in the blender, just add a bit more liquid and blend.

  31. Alannah says:

    Another great tasting smoothie! None of my ingredients were frozen so I added some ice. So creamy and refreshing. I love all the healthy benefits from this smoothie, especially the vitamin c that helps my body absorb the iron better. Being pregnant and needing that extra iron boost really makes a difference in my energy level and I know my baby is getting great nutrients as well!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      This one is such a fan fave, Alannah. We’re glad you and your growing little one agree. Safe and healthy wishes for your days ahead! 🙂

  32. Vashti Phillips says:

    Another blast of goodness and nourishment. Added a tsp of grounded flax-chia-hemp seeds.

  33. Laura Young says:

    Super tasty and added some chocolate protein smoothie boost cubes!

  34. Churice R says:

    What a sweet treat for brunch, added my blood oranges for a twist and a lil honey for the immune boost.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      That honey is such a great way to boost immunity or help with seasonal allergies. Rawkstar move, Churice!

  35. Rachelle McCann says:

    The texture of this is velvety smooth! So very good. I can’t believe how amazing all of your recipes are so far. I’m obsessed now.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      And we’re obsessed with helping people fall in love with blending healthy ingredients! So glad you loved it Rachelle!

  36. Charity Quinn says:

    Even my non-foodie sister loves this smoothie. I love this smoothie. My sister was scraping the blender to get more of it. You should definitely try this smoothie. You won’t be disappointed.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Thanks for the 5 stars and sweet words Charity! We agree!

  37. Toni says:

    So yummy and fresh tasting. Had to blend the oranges for a long time and still have some little pieces but delicious none the less.

  38. Debbie A Meshishnek says:

    Just love the oranges in this one and this 10 day challenge.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      We’re so glad you’re lovin this challenge with us Debbie!

  39. Silvia says:

    Very tasty and yummy!!

  40. Judith Walter says:

    I have to say this is one of my favorites. I love the freshness of it and the smoothness and the taste is awesome I added protein powder and Chia seeds

  41. Pat L. says:

    Probably one of my favs so far! I did the prep ahead method (used both jars and bags) and this one was hard to get out of a jar! Also, because EVERYTHING but almond milk was frozen, it was REALLY hard to blend….and I have a heavy duty blender! I ended up adding a little water, too, and it STILL came out really creamy….YUM! Next time I’ll either leave out much longer to thaw or use a mix of frozen and fresh ingredients. This one is a winner!! 🙂

  42. Jenn. says:

    Good…but not a wow! Added a splash of vanilla extract to mimic the Julius of youth Wanted more orange flavor. Maybe a splash of on juice next time too!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Def try a bit of orange juice or orange juice to increase that yummy orange flavor Jenn. We bet you’ll love it!

  43. Ogechi Nwaokelemeh says:

    Very yummy!

  44. Ogechi Nwaokelemeh says:

    Very yummy!

  45. Jeannette Pepin says:

    Loved the Orange Julius Smoothie! Very creamy and smooth from the banana. Used a large Cara Cara orange in season which was nice and sweet. I will definitely be making this again!

  46. Valeria Stewart says:

    Yes,yes yes! This one is a winner! Soooo goood soooo creamy! Only thing I’d do different next time is freeze my oranges so that it may be extra cold, after blending it, it became a bit warm, none the less I think it’s my favorite smoothie thus far!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      This is one of our faves too Valeria! Great thought about the oranges. If you forget, you can always drop an ice cube or two in the glass as well.

  47. Amanda Peters says:

    Not my favorite. For some reason it had a bitter after taste.

  48. ana says:

    As someone who did work at Orange Julius, if you really want it to taste more like the original, it needs a dash of vanilla extract!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I agree, Ana! I also love adding a pinch of cinnamon. It’s one of my husband’s favorite green smoothies! 🙂

  49. Dayana says:

    One of my fav it’s delicious! And it’s kids approved.

  50. Stacia Wilson says:

    I was very skeptical with only using a 1/4 almond milk, but it was the perfect amount. I used two clementines and add 5 leafs of fresh basil. I loved the basil in this smoothie. My only complaint is it only made about 12oz. But I enjoyed it all!

  51. Sherri Lyness says:

    Oranges are something I love to eat but never think to put into my smoothie.
    Great idea and supper good. Thanks.

  52. Amy Maxfield says:

    ❤️Love!
    Praying YOUR rest and healing Today!!!

  53. Sher says:

    Orange Julius Smoothie
    This and Peach Banana smoothie are my favorite so far. I think the orange gave this a nice refreshing taste. I could serve this at a brunch in a nice mason jar or glass with fancy straw. Keeper

  54. Shelley says:

    Really like this one. Super yummy. I have never tasted an unhealthy one from a shop or anything, so I cannot compare. Anyway delicious. Will add some vanilla next time. I added some kale to mine too.

  55. Michelle says:

    Very good

  56. Meagan says:

    Who couldn’t love this delicious smoothie with a splash of vanilla

  57. Tim says:

    As a kid, I always loved going to Orange Julius in the mall. This smoothie reminds me of the original and tastes delicious. I could drink this every day.

  58. Jessica says:

    I tweaked this one a bit but it turned out AMAZING. I used canned coconut milk instead of almond milk and two bananas to make it extra creamy. I also added vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon. This one is definitely going in my arsenal as a dessert option.

  59. Cristina Ribeiro says:

    Orangy, creamy, delicious, refreshing . Thanks for suggestion of mtc oil, will do that tomoruw for my post run smoothie with protein powder

  60. Fiona Gough says:

    Nice orangey flavour, I did half kale, half spinach and think I may have needed to blend abit more(to impatient) but still good

  61. Cynthia says:

    So good! Love the orange and banana combo!

  62. Susan says:

    Really didn’t think I would like this one as much as the others since it didn’t include frozen fruit. WRONG – I love it!

  63. Grace says:

    I rated this one four instead of five stars today, but that may have been a result of my substitutions. I used kale instead of spinach and added cauliflower. I used all frozen ingredients, except the almond milk, which made this smoothie difficult to blend even after letting it all sit out for an hour, adding hot water and using the tamper. I had to take everything out of the blender and cut into smaller pieces, which helped. Next time I may try taking my smoothie pack out of the freezer the night before. Yeah for half-way through the ten day challenge!

  64. Erin says:

    This was my favorite smoothie of the challenge so far! So refreshing! Amazing that it tastes so similar to the mall Orange Julius but without any dairy!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Yes, Erin! I love that this one tastes like the mall favorite but without the guilt. It’s so good, my husband says he could drink this every day!

  65. Anita says:

    Vitamin C much needed during Spring time. Xtremely good smoothie. This is gonna be one of my go to smoothies.

  66. Jean says:

    Today I made this. Only had one orange so replaced the other orange with pineapple I didn’t realize I had. Added mint. Tastes good!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Those sound like really good substitutions! Mint + orange is a great combo. 🙂

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